Winter River Skiing

So few people ever get a chance to see this

The North Shore has over 20 tumbling rivers that flow down from inland waters through deep canyons on their way to Lake Superior. Ever wonder what it would be like to travel these remote canyons? Now you can find out. Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply offers guided back country river skiing tours on the Devil Track, Cascade, Onion and Cross Rivers.

River skiing is an adventure that takes you from a river canyon to the river’s outlet on Lake Superior. You ski over varied terrain and conditions. Distances also depend on river conditions, but are usually between two to four miles round trip. Previous experience with skiing is preferred but not required.

DUE TO CURRENT STATE RESTRICTIONS, ALL TOURS ARE UNAVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. We can’t wait to get out on the trails with you, once it’s safer to do so! In the meantime, you can still rent or buy skis from us. Check out the cross-country, backcountry, and skijoring rental options here. If you prefer to have your own gear, stop in or give us a call at 218-387-3136. Because of the natural distancing with cross-country and backcountry skiing, these skis are especially popular this year, so give us a call soon.

When we are allowed to have our tours, they may look a little different, but Stone Harbor is here to help you recreate safely on the North Shore with our experienced guides. We are following the recommended guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and the state of Minnesota for guide policies and enhanced cleaning procedures.

We have always operated with small groups and continue to do so. If you do not wish to participate with others, you can request a private tour, although there is an additional cost for this. Outdoor recreating allows social distancing to be easily achievable most of the time, however we ask that you wear masks during closer interactions of six feet or less. Due to this recommended guideline, our complimentary transportation to and from the tour sites is unavailable until further notice.

Half Day Winter River Skiing

Half Day Winter River Ski Tours are $65/person for group tours and $125/person for private individual tours. Meet your guide at Stone Harbor 15-30 minutes prior to your tour, to get sized for equipment and to fill out waivers. After that, you are headed to the river, for a chance to see the North Shore from a whole new perspective, on terrain that is appropriate for your skiing level and desired pace. Your guide brings snacks and hot beverages.

Full Day Winter River Skiing

picture of two people skiing along one of the North Shore's beautiful river gorges

Full Day Winter River Ski Tours are $145/person for group tours and $265/person for private individual tours. Meet your guide at Stone Harbor 15-30 minutes prior to your tour, to get sized for equipment and to fill out waivers. From there, your guide takes you to the river, where you can ski at your own pace and explore all the beauty the canyon has to offer. Your guide brings lunch and hot beverages.

What We Provide
  • Backcountry skis and poles
  • Lunch & warm beverages
Recommended Packing List
  • Warm clothing that allows for plenty of movement (We recommend that you dress in layers to accommodate variable weather conditions and different levels of exertion throughout the day.)
  • A top and bottom waterproof shell for your outer layer
  • Wicking base layer
  • Warm winter socks that go up to mid shin
  • Waterproof winter snow boots
  • Warm, waterproof gloves that offer good dexterity
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses & strap
  • Water bottle or hydration pack (we have filtered water here at the store, if you need to fill it)
  • If needed: medications; eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare
  • Optional: camera in a waterproof, protective case
Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before and the day of the trip. You can also check out our rental department if you prefer to rent winter outerwear.

All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.

Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply requires tours to be paid in full at the time of booking. If a cancellation notice is given greater than 48 hours before the scheduled tour, a full refund is granted, minus the $20 processing fee per person. No refund is given for cancellations within 48 hours of the tour.

If Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply cancels a tour ahead of time due to weather or other unforeseeable events, a full refund is given. Please note that light rain, snow, fog, or cooler temperatures do not cancel a tour. We are prepared with the correct equipment for different weather conditions.

We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.

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